Chiropractic is a leading allied health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. These important functions of everyday living are controlled by the brain, the spinal cord and your nervous system. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between your musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and how they affect the preservation and restoration of health.
Your nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Your spine protects your nervous system and allows movement and flexibility. When your spine loses normal motion or position, it can affect the way your nerves work, interfering with the activities of daily life and in turn, leads to poor health.
At Ballarat Integrated Health, we use a wide variety of chiropractic techniques including:
- Manual adjusting
- Non-rotary velocity techniques (drop piece)
- Low force techniques such as biomechanical blocks and activator
- Soft tissue therapy and adjunctive therapies including kinesiotaping and dry needling.
This can be combined with advice on nutritional supplements, stretching or exercises.
*We adjust people of all ages – from new born babies and pregnant women to the elderly. Treatment is adjusted accordingly, for the age and condition of each person we see.
At Ballarat Integrated Health we are fully registered with Medicare and the Private Health Funds. This allows treatment of a variety of patients.
This includes those under;
- Work Cover
- Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
- Enhanced Primary Care (EPC)
- Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Co-referral with local health professionals is also a priority with all practitioners. This wider co-management of patients includes General Practitioners and Medical Specialists, Maternal and Child Health Nurses, Physiotherapists and Podiatrists.
Initial consultation will involve taking a detailed history, relevant orthopaedic and neurological testing. A thorough treatment is included. Sometimes you may need to be referred out for spinal or related x-rays. We allow 30 minutes for this appointment. Patients will be treated/adjusted at this consultation unless there is a concern that there is an underlying issue that would need scans to be done first. This happens rarely.
*Allow an extra 5 minutes before the treatment to fill in paperwork.
Return Consultation will involve a review of your current history, a check of relevant assessments and also comprehensive treatment. We allow 15 minutes for this appointment.
MASSAGE & MYOTHERAPY
Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Myotherapy treatments utilize additional adjunctive therapies, and may include dry needling, cupping and stretching advice. It is a clinically-oriented healthcare technique that relieves the discomfort associated with everyday stresses. This can often include our chosen occupations, sport or leisure activities.
*We have a pregnancy pillow to allow for a more comfortable massage for pregnant women. Please notify reception if you are pregnant.
Please note that health fund benefits may differ between massage and myotherapy cover. Always check with your health fund with any specific queries.
Initial appointments require a minimum of 45 minutes. This is to allow the required time for a detailed history taking as well as sufficient time for treatment.
Return appointments are available in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions.
Naturopathy is focused on looking at the person as a whole. Naturopathy utilizes an in depth consultation and assessment to form an overall picture. This results in an individual treatment plan, aiming to guide the patient towards overall health and well being.
Specific additional assessment techniques may include;
- food allergy testing
*Food allergy testing is done through Clinical Laboratories and they charge for this.
Treatment options include;
- herbal remedies
- vitamin and mineral supplements
- flower essences
- dietary changes and advice
*Please note that herbal remedies incur an extra fee – $45 200ml/$85 400ml.
Initial appointments are 1.5 hours long. This allows for time to investigate many aspects of the patient’s health through a detailed and directed history as well as discuss treatment choices and outcomes.
Return appointments are 45 minute sessions.
** Please note – as of April 2019 private health funds will no longer be covering any of your Naturopathy treatment.